Thursday, February 14, 2008

Nationally renowned expert on Latino experience to lecture Feb. 26

Dr. Samuel Betances
Dr. Samuel Betances

Dr. Samuel Betances, diversity awareness consultant and nationally renowned speaker on the U.S. Latino experience, will offer a presentation at Columbus State February 26 in conjunction with the Huntington Bank Lecture Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held at 6 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Ballroom.

As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Betances has worked in all 50 states, all six U.S. territories and in various countries including Japan, Korea, Germany and Mexico. He inspires willing learners to aim high, reject rejection and embrace themselves and each other as powerful team members working toward a more prosperous future. His success at bringing cultures together has earned him numerous awards.

From inner-city poverty, the stigma of minority group status, violence, welfare and illiteracy in two languages, Samuel Betances embarked on a journey from dropping out of school to eventually earn a doctorate from Harvard University. Today, America's foremost communicator on the challenge of casting away barriers to success is an honored Professor Emeritus and a consultant to U.S. Presidents, CEOs, managers, community groups, clergy members, educators.

His lectures are enriched by his decades of experience as a university educator, writer, and consultant for private and public organizations. His newly released educational book/tape series “Ten Steps to the Head of the Class” has been received enthusiastically by audiences everywhere.

Wellness logoWellness Challenge II wraps up with individual winnersThe second Wellness Challenge concluded last quarter with points awarded on an individual basis. The top point earners were, in order, Stephanie Albrecht, Chris Bunner and Susan Difrancesco.  Congratulations to these employees and to everyone who participated in this Wellness Challenge. Please keep up the good work! Time to get ready for the next challenge, “Spring into Action,” which will kick off this month. For more information about the Wellness Challenge, contact Nicole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.

ERC celebrates the history of Jazz sax player graphicAs a follow up to the successful jazz series presented last year to celebrate Black History Month, the ERC will be presenting a video of the best of the Jazz Arts Group recorded in front of a live audience in the CEWD Ballroom last spring. The event is sponsored by the Educational Resources Center (ERC) and supported by the Columbus State Foundation.

The video is on view in the ERC (where you may listen to the music with headphones) accompanied by a display on the history of jazz, along with a comprehensive bibliography that you can take with you, developed by our reference librarians, indicating where to find resources on jazz in our collection. The display is on exhibit on the Main Level of the ERC until the end of February.

HR to offer two sessions for professional developmentThe Human Capacity Development office in HR will offer two workshops on several different dates for employee professional development.  The classes are free and open to all employees. Class size is limited, so it is important for participants to sign up early.

Legendary Service
This six-hour training program encourages participants to embrace excellence as an everyday customer service standard while educating learners on a range of critical customer service skills.

February 21

9a.m. – 4p.m.


March 18

9a.m. – 4p.m.    


May 15

9a.m. – 4p.m.   


To register, email: Chana Miller
Include your name, Cougar ID number, name of the class, and date you wish to attend.

Time Mastery
This six-hour program can help employees develop the necessary skills to set priorities, meet the daily challenges of managing professional and personal responsibilities, and increase overall efficiency. Participants will complete a Time Mastery Profile that will provide them with a self-directed, online assessment of their current time management.

March 13

9a.m. – 4p.m.


To register, email: Chana Miller
Include your name, Cougar ID number, name of the class, and the date the class is offered.


Frank Barnhart receives directing award from Critic’s Circle for Triangle Factory Fire ProjectAt the 8th Annual Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards event Feb. 10, Theatre Columbus State received an award for Excellence in Directing, the third year in a row the company has won a directing award. Frank Barnhart received the award for his direction of Theatre Columbus State’s 2007 autumn quarter production of the Triangle Factory Fire Project. Barnhart also won in 2006 for his work on The Laramie Project. Nancy Kephart won the directing award in 2005 for Hellcab.

Buechner and nursing students travel to Mexico for medical mission

student nurses
Outside the medical clinic in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico, from left are David Buechner, 6th-quarter nursing student, Dana Buechner, associate professor, Jamie Lavendar, Elizabeth Canaval and Lisa Hagar, also 6th-quarter nursing students.
home in mexico
The students saw patients from settlements such as these, where the residents have no running water and the closest hospital is 40 miles away. According to Buechner, most babies are born at home, and there is very little money for medical care or medicines.

Four nursing students and associate professor Dana Buechner completed a medical mission to Nuevo Progresso, Mexico, January 10–12. The medical team of 38, which included Columbus State and Otterbein nursing students, was able to take care of about 350 patients during the two-day clinic. The students and instructors also completed many home visits for patients who were unable to get to the clinic.

It is the tenth year for the mission; 64 Columbus State nursing students have participated in the past decade.

“It is a life-changing event for many of these students, as we are so blessed with our health care system here in the United States,” said Buechner, whose son David was one of the students participating.

snow boarderWellness Fest set for Feb. 20The annual Winter Wellness Fest for Columbus State employees will take place Wednesday, February 20, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Delaware Hall gymnasium.  According to Don Laubenthal, coordinator of the Human Performance Center, this year’s event will showcase Columbus State’s wellness and fitness resources as well as offer fun games and activities. Participants can enter a raffle to win a gift basket containing wellness gifts from various departments on campus.  Come and join the fun!  For more information about the 2008 Winter Wellness Fest, contact Don Laubenthal.